2015 at NMSL

At the New Mexico State Library, 2015 was an action-packed year with many milestones to celebrate. The year kicked off with a bang, under the leadership of Michael Delello, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Department of Cultural Affairs and acting State Librarian. In June, Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer took the helm, and under her leadership, the State Library continues to flourish.

Some notable moments from 2015 include:

In addition, the State Library found success in partnerships:

Among the libraries in New Mexico, much was accomplished. Awards went out to library staff in the field, including Santa Fe Public Library Director Pat Hodapp, the youth services team at Ruidoso Public Library, and Jean Whitehorse at the Crownpoint Outreach Center. The New Mexico Library Association recognized Michael Delello with the Library Leadership Award, while the Embudo Valley Library received the National Medal from the IMLS.

Sunland Park Community Library became a success story, thanks to the library community, including NM State Library Commissioner Norice Lee & director Martha Holguin, who came together to help the library re-open. Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library cut the ribbon on the new Central & Unser branch, which was recognized in the Library Journal for creating "a benchmark in contemporary library design." Demonstrating growing enthusiasm in youth services, the summer reading workshops saw their highest attendance ever. And a huge congratulations goes out to the public library directors, who came together to exceed their GO bond spend-down goals.

As 2016 rolls in, we here at the State Library are on the path for continued growth – and to support the libraries in New Mexico as they thrive. Watch out for more great things to come!